ASC Motorsports Announces Entry in Grand-Am Cup Series in 2007
Tiffin, Ohio -- August 29, 2006 ASC Motorsports, based in Tiffin, Ohio, has announced the team's plans for the 2007 season. The team will campaign a Porsche in the Grand-Am Cup Series and plans to compete for the driver and team championships in the ultra-competitive sports car series.
Team owner Zach Arnold explained the switch from the Rolex Series GT class Corvette to the Grand-Am Cup Series Porsche 996 as a good move for the team from a competitive perspective. Arnold commented, "This move will allow us to immediately compete for podium finishes and victories. Our Corvette development accomplished its goals in terms of being competitive, but without major corporate funding, we would not have been able to take the next step to consistently challenge for top-5 finishes and wins. We will do that in the Grand-Am Cup Series."
The opportunity to switch to the Porsche came about quickly and involved partnering with the Team Sahlen decision to enter two Corvettes in the 2007 Rolex Grand-Am Series GT Class. ASC Motorsports plans to work closely with Team Sahlen with both the GT and GS efforts. "We hope this is the beginning of a great relationship with the Nonnamakers and Team Sahlen" Arnold said.
ASC Motorsports plans to run a single car effort in the Grand-Am Cup Series in 2007 with the option of adding a second car to the mix when the time is right. ASC will test the Porsche 996 at Mid-Ohio in early September in preparation for the Grand-Am Cup Series finale at VIR October 6 and 7.
The team also plans to enter the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona with the current Corvette in addition to the Porsche entry in the first race of the '07 Grand-Am Cup Series the same weekend.
The Grand-Am Cup Series is Grand American's showcase for the latest in international and American-made high-performance sports cars straight from the dealer showroom floor. With major modifications permitted only in the area of safety, the Grand-Am Cup Series is home to the same cars seen every day on streets and highways around the world. The starting lineup for Grand-Am Cup races typically features a full field of the hottest import and domestic production cars.
Grand-Am Cup is made up of two classes of race cars. The big-bore GS (Grand Sport) class features exotic machines like the Porsche 966 that will be entered by ASC Motorsports competing with the Nissan 350Z, BMW M3, Pontiac GTO, Cadillac CTS-V and Ford Mustang Cobra. The ST (Street Tuner) class includes smaller cars such as the Mazda RX-8, Chevy Cobalt SS, Dodge SRT4, Mini Cooper S, Lexus IS 300, Acura RSX and a variety of BMWs. Both classes run together in most races with teams competing for class honors as well as the overall victory.
Both Grand-Am Cup classes run on Hoosier tires and at least two drivers must drive in each competing race car under green flag conditions, making at least one driver change mandatory.
The ASC Motorsports Corvette C6 was designed and built by Arnold Machine, Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. The Porsche 996 will be maintained by Arnold Machine and ASC Motorsports.
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